As per the latest official data, over 2,27,000 Indians are on the waitlist of the family-sponsored US Green Card.
In total, there are about 4 million people who are in the queue for the family-sponsored US Green Card. The Congressional cap on the family-sponsored Green Cards is 2,26,000 per year.
Mexico has the largest number of waitlisted applicants with almost 1.5 million waiting for their US Green Cards. India is next in line with 227,000 waitlisted applicants, and China is third with 180,000 applicants queueing for their Green Card.
Most of the applicants on the waiting list of the family-sponsored Green Card are siblings of US citizens. As per US law, if you are a US citizen, you can sponsor your blood relatives and family members for Permanent Residency in the US.
However, President Trump is against this law and has called to abolish it. The Democratic Party, which is in the opposition, is strictly against abolishing the family-sponsored migration system.
Apart from the 4 million people who are waiting for their family-sponsored Green Cards, another 827,000 are waiting for their Permanent Residency. Most of these people are Indians working in the US on the H1B Visa. The wait times for employment-based Green Cards have increased to more than ten years for some IT professionals.
A significant number of Indians who are waiting for their family-sponsored Green Cards are siblings of US citizens. As per the Dept of Homeland Security, the number is close to 181,000. Others on the waitlist include married children of US citizens (42,000) and spouses and minor children (2,500) of existing Green Card holders.
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